I talked to the Information Commisioner's office and tehy said by law they can request $30 and that the website isn't binding? They say I can negotiate.Complain to the Office of Fair Trading or something? If their website is incorrect - then why don't they fix it?
Wouldn't most HSC students have a student concession card? So it would be $15 for pretty much everyone.Their website does indeed appear to be incorrect. The Act only provides for fee reductions for special public benefit or financial hardship. Further the regulations provide:
Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009
9 Discounted processing charge
An agency is required to reduce, by 50%, the processing charge payable under the Act for dealing with an access application if the applicant provides evidence that the applicant:
(a) is the holder of a Pensioner Concession card issued by the Commonwealth that is in force, or
(b) is a full-time student, or
(c) is a non-profit organisation (including a person applying for or on behalf of a non-profit organisation).
Otherwise the Act fixes the amount specifically at $30. They are fully entitled to demand $30 from you unless you can show you fall under one of the above categories. (I imagine they mixed up children and students or they reversed a decision to reduce fees for children.)
Awesome!If anyone is interested, I just got a small package from the Board of Studies stating that my application under the GIPA Act has been declared valid and the inquiry must be completed within 20 days of receiving the letter today. I obviously used the pro-forma I uploaded, so there you go, it works.
I also heard from my English teacher that because they were releasing the opportunity to gain raw marks (in the more expensive method that BOS has suggested); the markers had to do it a little differently... Don't know exactly how though.
It has all the legal rigmaroll and whatnot, telling me about my rights and that the decision would be come to within 20 days of receiving the notice. Basically, it was just acknowledging the validity of my application, and that they warned there could be processing fees. They talked about the internal review process as well.Awesome!
I hope the old threads are restored soon; I'll prepare the Technical Arcana forum for the flood of 2010 raw marks...
edit: when you say "declared valid", what exactly do you mean? Does it say something more than a typical acknowledgement letter would?